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Five Broken Cameras (2012)

Postby Zerkalo » Jun Thu 20, 2013 5:28 pm


Five Broken Cameras (2012), Emad Burnat & Guy Davidi

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The Middle East is not just a region that encompasses Western Asia. It’s also a place of eternal struggle between two faiths: Islam and Judaism. Ever since the first Crusades almost one thousand years ago, this region has been the arena of blood-soaked physical confrontations for people whose differences are not social, but religious. In the heart of the Middle East lies the crisis among the Muslims of Palestine and Jews of Israel. The affair was additionally boosted after the WWII and the foundation of the state of Israel and it’s been a ceaseless fight for supremacy between two sides ever since.

Today, in the second decade of the 21st century, Israel gained enough political and military strength to push back the Pales- tinians deep into the country and act as aggressors and architects of the new order. 5 Broken Cameras is a touching docu- mentary about one man’s Crusades to capture this transition by shooting at enemy only with an exhibit of obtained cameras that, in the process, fall victims to the conditions deadly for the display of basic civil rights. Emad Burnat, a poor farmer from a small Palestinian village chronicles his nonviolent resistance to the actions of the Israeli army. As wisdom man as he is, Emad is well aware that the best way to change things when the present situation is clearly out of your favor is not by the means of reactionarism that could only end his life, death pointless in the bigger picture of things, but by the means of ob- jective observation of the problem through the lenses of his camera. As in Waltz with Bashir, the cameraman uses the pho- tographic objective as a filter with which he succeeds to distance himself from the reality, thus avoiding personal interfer- ence and emotional outbursts that could only end his noble mission and declare it futile. The strongest images in the film are not those of Palestinian protestants, but those of destroyed olive trees. They are the manifestation of their spirit and the pervading symbol of 5 Broken Cameras. To see them burned, splintered or split in half as if struck by a lightning, one can only feel deep sympathy for the true suffering, sorrow chaste and purred from the inevitable dramatization the humans are prone to even when they are experiencing a genuinely overwhelming pain.

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